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    32 Reviews


    See Spot. See Spot shine. Shine, Spot, shine.

    The completely redesigned Black Diamond Spot Headlamp keeps the great outdoors visible whether you're trying to figure out your new tent during an after-dark pitching or getting a predawn start on your mountainous adventure. PowerTap technology gives your fingertip the power to dim the lights when you're hunting snipe or shining a spotlight on your camping partner as he tries to sneakily eat the last candy bar at 3 a.m. 

    • Light, compact headlamp for dawn patrols and nighttime rappels
    • PowerTap Technology transitions between full and dimmed power
    • Brightness Memory turns the light on and off at a chosen brightness
    • Full-strength proximity and distance modes
    • Dimming, strobe, red night-vision, and lock modes
    • Item #BLD00P3

    Tech Specs

    QuadPower LED, DoublePower LED
    Power Source
    3 AAA
    proximity, distance, dimming, strobe, red night-vision, lock
    [high] 80m [low] 10m
    Burn Time
    [high] 25hr [low] 180hr
    IPX 8 (down to 1m for 30 minutes)
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, alpine, climbing, skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Straight up garbage

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    BD has been engaging in disgusting profiteering behavior in recent years, especially with things like headlamps. They have been combing through manufacturers in China finding the ones that will produce these headlamps for the cheapest possible price. The result is poor quality, horrendous durability, and a final product that ends up being little more than garbage after 3 months.

    The casing will expand over time, causing the battery contact points to no longer make a solid connection with the batteries. I fixed this briefly by wrapping the headlamp with climbing tape to increase connection, but it only lasted a couple weeks. There is nothing worse than finding you are out of luck when you need some light.

    The even worse part is that BD wouldn't stand by their products when I contacted them. This happene to 2 separate BD headlamps, they said that warranties don't apply to headlamps and offered me a 40% off coupon to purchase another headlamp. They are probably still going to make a 60% profit because of their cheap manufacturing costs, and I would have still gotten a plastic pile of garbage.

    Do yourself a favor, get a different brand of headlamp.

    great for camping

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    great for camping and gives off plenty of light once you get use to the controls. Would recommend to anyone looking for a durable head lamp.

    NOT waterproof

      If you hope this headlamp is going to keep you out of darkness in the rain, you will be disappointed! I tested it by 1) put it in a salad bow filled with water for 30 seconds. 2) put it in a gentle stream from my kitchen faucet for 20 seconds. The result is the same: battery box filled with water. I bought 2 copies. Same thing.

      IPX8? What a joke. This headlamp can't even remotely pass a legit IPX4 test.

      In fact, I examined the headlamp and found that it is not a "defect" but a design issue. There is no seals around any of the seams. Every headlamp made using this design can not possibly be waterproof. Seems like good old false advertising by our beloved BD.

      NOT waterproof

      Great Headlamp, Complicated Controls

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This compact, powerful headlamp was a great addition to my bag. The thick headband is comfortable and easily adjusted if needed.

      I did find the controls difficult to remember and if it has been awhile since my last use it takes a minute to remember what combination of button presses I need to do what I want. It's all find and good until I accidentally blast my girlfriend in the face with full power because I used the wrong sequence of button presses.

      More than adequate

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great headlamp for general hiking or camping use. It's waterproof (more water resistant) and comes in a great compact size, I have two sets of these as it's plenty bright and does the job well. It's not as intuitive as other headlamps, but after reading the instructions, it's pretty straight forward.

      All around good headlamp for backpacking

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My two big must haves were lockout button, so battery wouldn’t accidentally drain in backpack, and red light feature to not be obnoxious to companions. This headlamp has enough power to enable you to see to navigate in total darkness, has tiltable lamp feature and is relatively lightweight. No regrets!!

      Works Well

        I chose the Spot model over the Storm because it uses less batteries and weighs less on the head. I am really happy with the product quality and the amount of light it produces. I feel like this headlamp will last years where other cheaper models will not last nearly as long.

        Quality headlamp

          I bought this for backpacking and night riding, and I’m definitely satisfied with the quality. While many headlamps weigh your head down, the BD spot is super lightweight, and very bright. It has been very battery efficient for long night hikes in the Wasatch, and the strap is really intuitive and easy to fit to your head. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for a solid reliable light source for any late night adventures.

          Not all that intuitive

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          This light has a lot of features but the controls are not intuitive. There's various taps and lengths of holds to cycle through settings. I made the mistake of not taking the instructions the first time I brought it out - it was a little frustrating attempting to figure it out. I also see the green egg/yellow center other reviews mention while indoors and it's pretty distracting. Overall, a decent light at the price point, but if I were buying again, I would pay a little extra and upgrade to something else.

          This is my third Spot-best one yet

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I like all the new features--memory of last setting, lock switch mode, variable brightness adjustment, etc. One question mark. The spot beam has a yellow center circle. Seems to be fine outdoors but a little annoying when using the light indoors. I don't see this as a big problem, and I'll see how it goes with more use. I asked BD about it and they said it's cooler on the led and easier on the eyes.

          Thanks for your feedback, glad you are satisfied with your purchase!
          Yeah I own this headlamp and love it, but have not used it indoors. Let me know if you have any other specific questions regarding this lamp or any other products.

          my 3rd version of this light

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          This is a durable and dependable light. When you get used to the switch pattern it's easy to use. The new memory feature that remembers the last setting is a big improvement. One Issue is the spotlight has a yellow tinted circle of light in the middle. I called BD and they explained that this is intentional because it puts less strain on the eyes and keeps the light cooler than a full on white light. Outdoors this seems ok, but so far indoors it's too pronounced and annoying. I hope I'll get used to it--but that's why 4 stars instead of 5.


          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          How did they capture the sun in such a tiny plastic box? Night time is now daytime at the click of a button. Caution: just make sure your friend uses proper etiquette when facing you to tell you something.

          Bright Baby!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've actually had this lamp before, it was gifted to me by a BD rep when I first started working at Unfortunately it suffered an attack from a pup and broke the bulb inside. Bought the green one as my replacement and it's just as great as I remembered. Extremely bright and super user friendly!

          comfortable, light, bright

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Great head lamp for all around outdoor use. It has alot of features that have a bit of learning curve but once you become familiar with the product its like second nature.

          Great headlamp!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I love using this headlamp for dawn patrols, camping, hiking and for all other activities at night! I really like all of the settings and it is brighter than I was expecting!